Best ever year for Newtownabbey

NEWTOWNABBEY Community High School celebrated its best ever year of GCSE examination results.

More than half of all pupils taking their GCSEs at the Rathcoole Drive school received a passing A* to C grade.

Newtownabbey Community High School teachers Karen Mornin and  Jennifer Dickson with pupils Courtney Carson and Chloe Moore who received their GCSE results. INNT 35-103-CON

Newtownabbey Community High School teachers Karen Mornin and Jennifer Dickson with pupils Courtney Carson and Chloe Moore who received their GCSE results. INNT 35-103-CON

It was the school’s best performance, beating its previous best by a substantial margin.

The percentage of pupils achieving five or more A* to C grades rose to 55 per cent – 17 per cent higher than the school’s previous best in 2010.

The percentage achieving five or more A* to C grades, including English and mathematics, also rose by seven per cent on the previous best performance.

Principal John Lewis attributed the significant improvements to the diligent efforts of all of the staff who worked tirelessly with the young people.

He also praised the superb attitude of the majority of the young people who demonstrated a willingness to engage with teachers and mentors over the last year.

During the academic year, the school raised its whole school attendance rate by 4.5 per cent.

Mr Lewis said: “I feel that this improvement, coupled with a significantly reduced suspension rate, has contributed to the successful learning ethos demonstrated by the excellent results.

“The school is delighted that so many of its pupils are well prepared to continue their education through either A Level or vocational routes.”

Schools across the borough witnessed scenes of jubilation and some sadness as pupils received their results.

Education Minister John O’Dowd congratulated all on their results.

He said: “The results achieved by our young people are the product of hard work over many years and I would like to offer my sincere congratulations to all involved.

“I appreciate that not everyone will have got the grades they were hoping for and I would urge those young people not to panic.

“Your teachers, parents and careers advisers are all there to guide and support you and they can help you decide on what career and study options are available to you.”